O’Malley announces 2016 run with jab at Clinton and Bush ‘royal families’. Don’t be confused, he is not only running against the 1%, he is also polling at 1%. If you consider the margin of error, he might be polling at -1%.
O’Malley served as Maryland’s governor from 2007 to 2015. He announced his progressive vision for the country as well as his experience as Baltimore’s mayor. He pointedly took stances to the left of Democratic frontrunner Hillary Clinton on issues like gay marriage, immigration reform and trade, and provided a generational contrast with signs emblazoned with the slogan “New Leadership”.
In his speech O’Malley repeatedly emphasized his progressive credentials, talking about his support for gay marriage and the Dream Act while recognizing “transgender Americans”.
He also went after those he derided as “the bullies of Wall Street” and said “Tell me how it is that in this country you can get pulled over if you have a broken tail light, but if you wreck the country you are absolutely untouchable?”
O’Malley took aim at Clinton and presumed Republican candidate Jeb Bush saying: “The presidency is not a crown to be passed back and forth by you between two royal families.”